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Pike XXXXX Stout - The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike XXXXX StoutPike XXXXX Stout

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296 Reviews
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Reviews: 296
Hads: 576
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 37
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002

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Reviews: 296 | Hads: 576
Photo of loren01
2.53/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours pitch black, looks very very thick. Tan head, slight lacing
S: Smell is pretty complex. Coffee, chocolate roasted malt scents
T: Dark chocolate and coffee. Much too bitter
M: Full bodied, good amount of carbonation, smooth.
D: Complex smelling beer, however I could not stand the taste. I could barely choke it down, much too bitter, the taste reminded me of an asprin or some type of medicine disolving in your mouth, it was that bitter. I was pretty surprised with the reviews on this one, perhaps I got a bad pint of this one or a dirty glass or something. Would like to try this one again, from a bottle next time.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Eric.

A: Pours a brown-ish black in the glass; not fully opaque, but it appears so in larger quantities. Nice brown head, though it retains poorly and leaves only a few streaks of lace.

S: Chocolate, with a hint of coffee and roasted grain.

T: Chocolate. Roasted grain contributes a slightly soured quality, with an anise / licorice undercurrent that rounds out the beer nicely. Not terribly complex, but serviceable and enjoyable. Not much in the way of hop flavor, but there is a nice bitterness that melds well with the roast.

M: Medium-bodied, with carbonation that is a tad high for the style. The body drops off on the finish; while it's not quite watery, it lacks a satisfactory close.

D: It's solid and serviceable. That's about it.

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Photo of BierReise
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brew pours black. Well it's a stout what do you expect? It's black, it's dark and there are some ruby edges to it when the light is there. The head is thick and light brown.The aroma is weird. Where is this 4.15 rating coming from? Has some coffee notes but nothing standing out really. Body is on the thin side. Flavor is bitter and reminding me of that nasty Java Stout from Bells. Has some roasted malt flavors and more like spent coffee grinds in my opinion. The bottle reads "Limited Release" and let me tell you,it should be as limited as possible. Try again Pike.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle. Brewed to 1.073 with pale, crystal and roast; hopped to 65 IBUs with Chinook, Willamette and Goldings, and fermented with English ale yeast. Nice and black, with a dark tan head that leaves light lacing. Fruity, earthy and hoppy in the nose. Tastes of acidic and bitter charred malt, with citrusy and fruity hops. Quite bitter and very burnt, with a long roasted and charred finish on top of a thin, moderately-carbonated dry and chalky body. Easy enough to drink, but too light, harsh and acidic for a full recommendation.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium brown foamy head with low retention but good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt is pretty dominant with some light coffee notes also noticeable. Taste is quite dry with limited chocolate and coffee note and a medium bitter finish. This is like an imperial take on a dry stout, which is probably not something that I’ve really been looking for. Interesting but still way too dry for my taste buds.

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Photo of charlatan
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The bottle claims "limited release: 2004 - 2005."

Very dark beer with light brown head which didn't stick around long for a stout. The sniff test managed to remind me of coffee, cream, cherry and liquorice. Tastes of an abundance of roasted malt. There is a really malty tang and smokiness, but no real coffee flavour (phew!). There is a hint of dairy and some welcome but ill defined hoppiness in the background. The feel isn't great. This doesn't slide down as smoothly as one expects a good stout to, especially since it only boasts 6% abv despite all those X's.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.04/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/23/2008 (bottle):

Pours a black colored body, watery looking, with a tan head, some good lacing. Has a strong aroma of some coffee, with some bitter coffee grounds. Has a coffee taste, some chocolate. Bitter chocolate. Pretty rough for me.

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Photo of HimerMan
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. English Pint Glass.

Dark pour, black - with a nice head and decent aroma at first. The smell mellows really fast - and you can barely smell it at all.

Taste is weak, like a carob or weak chocolate stout - with a lot of roasted flavor but lacking something bigger to make it stand out.

Low in alcohol, which is fnie, but low in overall flavor too.

I wish this had a bit more flavor to it, worth a shot though.


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Photo of mschind
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 OZ bottle with no date.

A- Poured into a pint glass leaving a one inch tan head that disappeared quickly. This stuff is like a black hole in a glass, totally opaque and almost pure black.

S-Malty, burnt toast and coffee.

T- Taste is one dimensional, some bittter roasted malt up front, and then more burnt tasting bitterness at the finish and maybe some licorice.

M- Mouthfeel doesn't match the pour which was thick looking and viscous; a bit thin for something called extra stout. It leaves a bitter chalky sensation at the end that lingers.

Nothing off about this beer, it is a vision of stout that seems focused on bitterness and color.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours an oily jet-black, completely opaque. A one-finger brown head forms nicely but doesn't stick around for too long. I got a ton of spiderweb lacing in this one (left several distinct rings around the glass during session).

S: Smells of dark roasted coffee and black licorice, with brown sugar slightly noticeable. The smokiness from the dark malts cover up most of the other aromas.

T: I've heard of several issues with Pike beers and contamination, and I think I might have gotten a bad one. The most prominent flavors in the beer are black coffee and semisweet chocolate, although hints of stewed dark fruit are also present. However, this beer had an overpowering waxy bitterness to it that I almost couldn't handle. It killed the rest of the flavors in what could otherwise be a very enjoyable beer for me.

M: Medium to full-bodied on the palate, but goes down quite smoothly. The carbonation level is just right, and the ABV is completely masked by the flavors.

D: This beer is pretty subdued for its style and could be very drinkable for me if it wasn't for the off-putting bitterness. I will have to pick up another one of these and update my review to see if I just got an off-flavored beer.

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Photo of aracauna
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nice pour, deep opaque black with an easy, thick creamy head that clings to the sides of the glass. It's not exactly long-lasting, but it never fully fades (ends up thin cream layer that's too thick for a film, but kind of like a like coat of moss or lichens). The aroma is a little weak, but roasty. The flavor is as strong as it should be but it dominated and unbalanced by too much burned bitterness. A bit of smokiness lingers underneath. The lack of balance makes this less than a joy to drink, but intriguing at the same time.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark black-ish brown color with a two finger tan head, some patchy lacing,

Smell: roasty chocolate, a little earthy coffee aroma on the tail end,

Taste: sweet stout malts, a little chocolate, solid stout taste,

Mouthfeel: I would say medium for a stout.

Drinkability: good, this is one I would try again.

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Photo of thatruth
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

grabbed a 22 oz of this from the Safeway near the Junction in West Seattle last month a couple of days after I moved here, pouring it now.

A: 1/2" brown sugar head, lacing that runs and hides when tilted, black as the night is long. absolutely no light penetrates this beer.

S: hickory, cocoa, vanilla, hazelnut, cherries. robust and intense with a sweetness hovering over, makes one eager to try.

T: mocha latte. no lie. good stout, not too sweet nor too bitter. on the other hand, the after taste has the waning around of flat coke and paint thinner. month too long to wait?

M: pretty flat and dry, robust eagerness fades away quickly. by the time you take another sip you realize the taste that lingers in your mouth is what you just put back inside to wash it away...flimsy character, short life.

O: wantaway stout that remains local because of it's ill-perceived stance in a relatively competitive category.

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Photo of infi
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, courtesy of BA r0nyn. From 10/29 notes.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Fairly viscous and dark liquid with some areas of translucency. Good thin tan head above with some retention and spotted lacing. Aromas was majority towards barley and breakfast malt- very bready-oriented on the nose. There was also a good amount of some dark chocolate notes, which complemented the malt very well.

Taste mirrored the aromas phase by phase. Began with a substantial malt/barley foundation with some roasted coffee and dark chocolate sweetness, which was very thoroughly noticeable. And towards the end, the flavors end on a faint charred burnt flavor and thin astringency. Textbook stout overall.

Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation and was incredibly easy to drink. Complexity is definitely not needed in this beer, as the flavors were readily identifiable and tasted well throughout. If this is available around you, this bottle is easily a candidate for a nice session. We all enjoyed this one pretty well. eXXXcellent. (ha!)

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Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Motor oil black with a light brown head that settles out to a fine cap of foam.

Low aroma of fig, raisin, and some espresso.

Thin flavor upfront, but moves quickly to dark malt, coffee and oak, hints of cocoa. Firm bitterness balances the malt. Could be more roasty and complex.

Full mouthfeel, but finishes tannic with a puckery linger, which detracts overall.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Relatively new beer for us -- 22oz bottles for only $3.99...

A: Poured the beer into a nice brandy snifter -- really dark color with a nice tan head. Lasts a few minutes or so, leaving a pretty white lacing.

S: Initially you are hit with huge amounts of roasted, burnt malt. Brown sugar, molasses and coffee soon follow. As the beer warms, there is a huge amount of smoke that eventually emerges -- similar to a peppered bacon. Bittersweet chocolate or cocoa round out the aroma.

T&M: Full bodied, but very, very smooth. This stout has a nice creamy finish. It is sweet, but the hop bitterness certainly rounds out the palate. I am left with unsweetened chocolate, weak coffee, and liquid smoke. Rich and round, with full flavor and a nice finish.

I like this beer, but I'm not wowed by it. It tastes like every other Extra Stout I've ever had. I dare say that most people would have a huge problem trying to decide what is what in a contest between Pike's and Guinness Extra Stout. Nonetheless, it is a good, solid beer, and I'll buy it again.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black body with a big brown head. Lots of lacing and the head stays a while on top of the beer.

S- Pretty interesting. The first thing that came to mind was terraki bbq sauce.

T- Strong choclate taste up front follwed with a nice taste of hops when swallowing. Soon after a very nice roastiness comes out.

M- A little thick that really seems to cover the mouth well.

O- I think this is a pretty good beer. I would definitley drink it again. While I didn't care for the smell to much, it made up for it in taste.

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Photo of midaszero
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque black with one finger of coffee head and good lacing

S - A little chemically smelling. Lemon, citrus, and floral are faint

T - Almost like a chocolate soda. A little sweet with decent chocolate body and a little hop bitterness on the back

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty good and enjoyable

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Photo of CurtisLoew
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the pike brewery downtown seattle.

Average stout. Tastes good. Nothing amazing, but solid beer. A little thin for my tastes. Enjoyable to drink. Problem is, it reminds me of 50 other stouts sitting on the shelf, it just doesn't stand out as a special beer. I'm glad I tried it, and the brewery was a pretty neat place.

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Photo of wedge6128
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer, not great but pretty good. Deep stout flavor with a little bit of hoppy bite in the beginning middle is slightly pleasant and the after taste is a decent stout taste.

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Photo of ADR
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2002-2003 limited release...

Big pour, dark/dark brown and opaque. Orange carbonation settles down in about 60 seconds. Laces in looping clumps. Coffee and orange rind-like impresssion to the big aroma. Flavor is somewhat more limited, a dark roasty coffee, slight sense of malted milk and the requisite scant hop. Mouthfeel is about medium to thinnish, but I pick up an offputting vegetable, almost smoked onion, sense to the profile. Not dominant by any means, just slightly annoying. Not an awful beer, but not a first choice to my tongue.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thin tan head that doesn't retain well. The aroma has some roasted malt notes upfront, along with chocolate and coffee, some dark fruits, molasses, and some burnt bread. The flavor is similar to the aroma with big roasty notes initially, along with dark fruits (plum, cherry), lower % dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, some burnt acridness and alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is decent. Overall a decent but unspectacular stout.

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Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of smoke and roasted malts; I get some bacon characteristics as well. There's lesser coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of licorice to round things out.

The taste is less than impressive. Bittersweet baker's chocolate, with a boat load of smoke and rauchbier tastes which I hate. I desperately crave some more sweetness for this beer to balance the rough bitterness and dry acrid flavors.

Mouthfeel is really full, mild balanced carbonation. Finishes really full and viscous; coats the mouth to a point of ruining the taste buds.

Overall, I had high expectations for this beer and I was delivered a smoky pork/bacon dry bitter mess. Not sure why people like consuming these flavors in beer, anyway. Not recommended, compared to the numerous better available styles available.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into a pint glass gave a thin dark beige head that swiftly retreated to some islands and lacing about. It was black with the thinnest rim of brown.

Smelled of chocolate, roasted malts, hops, coffee, and hints of vanilla.

Flavors were similar to the smell.

It was typical in the mouth and medium bodied. This brew falls in the middle of the pack as far as Stout's go. No greatness or unique characteristics to be had, though nothing out of whack either..

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Photo of beerman21
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ser- 22oz bomber, given to me by the girl friend on her Pacific Northwest trip. Much appreciated my love ;).

a- pours a aggressively showing head with a super dark brown body no to be confused with your typical black in color stout but then again what American stout is...

s-fruit; figs, kiwi, molasses soaked pineapple, roasted malt and toffee.

T-Butterscotch, maple syrup, toffee, BBQ figs soaked in molasses enriched alcohol. impressive.

M- coats the mouth well, flavor lingers.

O- American style Stouts have taken awhile to become my favorite style and it has taken awhile for it to be a style that I’ve leaned to be a favorable beverage of choice when it comes to beers. This However brings something different to the American style and you know i appreciate the effort. So if given the chance i will purchase it again! Good beer for its style..

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Pike XXXXX Stout from The Pike Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.